POSTED 2:10 p.m. EDT, July 9, 2007 PATRICK LEAVING ESPN ON AUGUST 17 Dan Patrick says that he'll be leaving ESPN on August 17. "We've talked about it, and it's time to move on," Patrick said on his self-named ESPN Radio program. (And move out.) Patrick confirms that the delayed announcement was due to the fact that discussions occurred last week with an eye toward keeping him in place. Also, Patrick said nothing about leaving ESPN Radio and staying with ESPN. He says that he'll be a "free agent." It's expected that he will attempt to launch a nationwide syndicated radio show. PATRICK'S ANNOUNCEMENT COMING AT 2:00 P.M. Dan Patrick of ESPN Radio will be making a "big announcement" at 2:00 p.m. It's presumably the announcement that he was going to make on July 3, but when the time came he wasn't working that day. Monday is his first day back behind the microphone. Our moles tell us that Patrick is expected to leave ESPN Radio but not ESPN. This will allow him to pursue a syndicated radio deal while still maintaining a television presence. Apparently, this middle-ground approach is the outcome of negotiations that unfolded behind the scenes last week, after Patrick told the powers-that-be that he wants out. Stay tuned.